Edith Evans

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Dame Edith Evans DBE
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Evans, Edith

 

Born Feb. 8, 1888, in London; died Oct. 14, 1976, in Cranbrook, Kent. British actress. Evans made her stage debut in 1912. She played in London, including the Old Vic Theatre (from 1925 with interruptions), as well as in Stratford-upon-Avon and in New York City. Among her roles were Mrs. Millamant and Lady Wishfort in Congreve’s The Way of the World, Lady Utterwood in Shaw’s Heartbreak House, Mrs. Malaprop in Sheridan’s The Rivals, the Nurse in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Ranevskaia in Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, Arkadina in Chekhov’s The Seagull, and Katerina Ivanovna in Crime and Punishment (based on Dostoevsky). Evans also acted in motion pictures. In 1958 she visited the USSR.

REFERENCE

Trewin, J. C. Edith Evans, London [1954].
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Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Charles Laughton, Paul Robeson, Dame Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft.
DAME EDITH EVANS Unlike the other luminaries, Evans was established when she grasped the opportunity to tread the boards in the 1923 premier of Back to Methuselah.
Although David hadn't considered himself for the iconic part, played by Dame Edith Evans in the 1952 film and Dame Judi Dench in the 2002 remake, getting a male actor to play the ruthless Victorian powerhouse had been tried and tested, thanks to the loudlyapplauded efforts of Geoffrey Rush (in an Australian theatre production) and Brian Bedford (in Stratford and on Broadway).
Although the 69-year-old hadn't considered himself for the iconic part, played by Dame Edith Evans in the 1952 film and Dame Judi Dench in the 2002 remake, getting a male actor to play the ruthless Victorian powerhouse had been tried and tested, thanks to the efforts of Geoffrey Rush (in an Australian theatre production) and Brian Bedford (in Stratford and on Broadway).
The dress on the left is a pink wild silk ball gown by Worth of London, circa 1955 and the dress on the right is a grey and pink satin ball gown by Hardy Amies, 1961 and worn by actress Dame Edith Evans
In 1963 the film earned Best Supporting Actress nominations for Diane Cilento, Dame Edith Evans and Joyce Redman.
I thought, I'll be like Dame Edith Evans - if I didn't understand it, I'll just do it.
I've only seen it once in my life when Dame Edith Evans played it in Stratford in 1959.
In the movie, Lady Bracknell was played by Dame Edith Evans, who had often performed the role on the London stage.
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The guests are Dame Edith Evans and Catherine Bramwell-Booth, Commissioner of the Salvation Army.

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